Rice: Criticism of Chelsea player is very harsh

West Ham midfielder and England international Declan Rice insists the criticism of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is very harsh.

Mount has been the target of social media trolls after being selected ahead of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

“It’s very harsh,” said Rice, ahead of England’s Nations League tie against Belgium in Brussels on Sunday.

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“I know how hard-working and driven Mason is. It is no surprise that Gareth (Southgate) picks him, that Frank (Lampard) picks him.

“I think if you give every Premier League manager the chance to pick him, they would because you can see what he gives to the team. As an individual, he has talent.”

He added: “There are always going to be comparisons but they pretty much play in two different parts of the pitch. Mason now at Chelsea plays as an attacking eight and Jack is playing off the left.

“I think you could see the other night they can both play in the same team for sure. They are great players we should be valuing. For the nation, and for me as someone who gets to play with them, we are lucky.”

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